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in sight. i'm bill hemmer. the team is back together this morning. martha: did you have a great week? bill: when is it not a great week in august? martha: the fire is a huge story. 3,000 firefighters are on the front lines battling what's called the rim fire. it's 7% contained. strong winds are expected to fan those flames. not a good situation. rescue officials say 4,500 homes and businesses are in harm's way as the flames edge closer to civilization. people in that area obviously very frightened. >> i'm trying to keep my kids calm and not have them too worried about what's going on up there. >> you can actually see planes from our house now. hopefully it doesn't go there. so far it's safe. bill: what have you learned about that, dominic? >> reporter: 15,000 acres have been burnt bad. the white wolf area popular with campers have been closed down. 13 camps have been burnt to the crowd. one campground school for 50 years. we also understand that the central valley could be experiencing some smoke. the central valley of yosemite is the most iconic of all national parks in the united states
decision. martha: the ships in the mediterranean are loaded with tomahawk missiles. they could be launched from those warships in the eastern mediterranean. they have speeds of 550 miles an hour. they can hit targets 1,000 miles away, and they very well may be employed if this does get underway. bill: how involved should the u.s. be in syria. log on, tell us what you think. 44% say get out completely. 36% say only humanitarian aid. 11% support the u.s. giving weapons to the rebels. ambassador john bolton with what the u.s. should do now. martha: jack lew alerting congress the national credit card is almost maxed south again. he says come october we'll not be able to pay our bills unless we raise the at the country can borrow. the white house is warning of a possible financial crisis if we can't borrow any more. stuart, what do you make of this? >> here we go again. treasury secretary lew says we'll only have $50 billion in the bank cash on hands. we spend $9 billion every day. so $50 billion is far too close for comfort. president obama says he's not going to negotiate on this. he wants a
in syria. we all await his decision as does the world. martha: we have new reports from the "wall street journal" that the white house is moving quickly on this because they have reason to believe syria is planning to launch another chemical attack in the country's largest city aleppo. wait wants to accomplish with action. molly henneberg is live at the white house leading our coverage. what is the white house saying? >> the u.s. has to get involved because the world community cannot leave a chemical attack or chemical attacks plural unanswered. but the white house says the goal is not to out of syrian president bashar al-asaad. even though the obama administration believes this is not the only chemical weapons attack by the regime this year. >> the options being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in syria on a massive scale causing death and injury to innocents women and children. its many not whether they are responsible, it's what is the he appropriate response to this clear violation of internat
. [ laughter ] see you. martha: a chilling story out of oklahoma. two teenagers charged with murder, a third with accessory. 22-year-old christopher lane on a baseball scholarship in oklahoma, he's from australia. the teenagers admit they did it. listen as they try to save this young man. >> they are on the way. they can't company faster. martha: we have more on that 911 call. we are going to talk about this story. it's compelling and very unnerving. gregg: a military judge says she'll announce sentence for bradley manning this morning. her decision expected about an hour and a half from now. bradley manning was convicted of giving hundreds of thousands of classified documents to wikileaks while he worked as an intelligence analyst in iraq. the 20-year-old facing up to 90 years in prison. the prosecutor asking for at least 60 years. manning apologizing for what he has done and he asked for the judge's mercy because he had a difficult childhood. martha: new details on the nsa surveillance program. the "wall street journal" says the nsa can spy on 75 per of all internet traffic. gregg: 75% of
-bye, everybody. nice to be with you. martha: thanks, you guys. well, dramatic 911 call that turned what could have been a mass school tragedy into peaceful outcome. what a story this is today. we're now hearing exactly how a school bookkeeper came face-to-ce with a mad gunman. there was a scene of panic as everybody ran out of that school. she talked him off the ledge. she talked him into surrender. much good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum here in "america's newsroom." what a story this is. gregg: incredible courage. i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. listen to the hero of this story. her name is antoinette toff. she came face-to-face with the shooting suspect, michael brand done hill. >> oh i'm in the front office. he went outside to start shooting. [gunfire] can i run? >> can you get somewhere safe? >> yeah. i got to go. and he's coming back. >> put the phone down. >> okay. she said she is getting police to tell him to back off for you, okay? >> tell them to stop all movement. >> okay. okay. >> stop all movement now on the ground. stop all movement on the ground. he said don't
morning to you, martha, in new york. martha: i'm martha maccallum live in "america's newsroom" this morning. several countries are standing against the syrian regime saying they want to take action and now britain and france are saying they may hold off on their decision until the united nations finishes their work. president obama says is short strike he believes will be effective. >> if we're saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow staying stop doing, that can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term. bill: molly henneberg leads our coverage live on the north lawn. poly, there will be more meetings today there, but this one is with leaders from congress, and what do we know about that meeting today? >> reporter: the president will two more in depth what the white house is saying all week. that this was a chemical attack they believe, that the u.s. can not let it go unanswered and the president is expected to lay out to congressional leaders his options and classified intelligence behind these options. there
into the public sector as well. good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum in "america's newsroom." gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. obamacare provides many employers to provide coverage to anyone who works at least 30 hours a week. but to get around that, some employers are just cutting back on the hours this report coming just days after ups announced it will not provide coverage to husbands and wives of employees who can get insurance on their own. martha: ups is not alone in this. many employers fear they will not be able to afford it. some saying they still don't know what's in the law. this is years after it was signed into law and nancy pelosi famously said this. >> we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy. martha: the truth is, we are still finding out what's in it, stuart. companies are still scratching their heads saying we're not really sure how this will affect us and what it will cost us. stuart is the host of "varney & company" on the fox business network. what do you make of this latest news? >> it is chan
mt. vernon love story by mary higgins clark. and she said that -- that no one ever called martha washington martha. she was always called patsy as lady bird johnson was never called claudia. so i was just wondering, you mentioned in his letters when he referred to her in his letter that it was just mentioned on the telephone that he did call her patsy. and i also wanted to mention that in the story that i'm reading about martha and george washington that the house, mt. vernon, was originally the home of his half brother, george washington's half brother. that he lived in a smaller farm. and i wondered if you are going to talk anything about his years as a surveyor or is this really about the years with martha as an adult? >> thank versus much. this is actually martha washington's time in the sun. so we won't talk about george's early career. what about the nickname patsy? >> patsy, pat, patty were the nicknames for martha in those days just as peg or peggy is a nickname for margaret. the martha nickname has fallen out of favor. nobody was named patricia back then. the only patsie
forgotten, was it a chemical attack. is this the end of the arab spring? our martha raddatz is there. >>> and this is not your typical sports car, going from zero to 60 in seconds. and it may even be the safest car in america. we hit the road with the man on a mission to change the way we drive forever. >>> and come under fire. >>> stand down now! >> how a brave mother stopped the gunman, just the latest heroic woman to diffuse the violent situation. keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60 >>> this time, it appears deadly chemical weapons were used. potentially one of the worst war atroc atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies,
to the streets of cairo for the latest. plus, bay state battle. as president obama gets some rest in martha's vineyard before a road trip rally, republicans meet in boston to map out their fight for the fall. as we approach the 50th anniversary of president kennedy's assassination, we'll take a look at the final months of kennedy's life in the white house. good morning from washington. it's thursday, august 15th, 2013, and this is "the daily rundown." i'm in for chuck todd this morning. we begin with the developing news in egypt. where members of the muslim brotherhood and their supporters are defying government leaders and holding new protest marches in multiple cities, raising the risk of more bloodshed. today's demonstration comes a day after the military's all-out assault on pro morsi demonstrators that left more than 500 people dead. in an effort to stop the protest altogether, the interim government has placed the country under a month-long state of emergency. it's also going after protest leaders. recommending murder charges against more than 80 members of the brotherhood and their s
a direct hit on the united states? our martha raddatz is in the region with the news. >>> extreme weather forcing children to cool off in ice cubes, schools closed in six states and out west have fearless firefighters stopped the blaze near yosemite. >>> watch dog, we find $1 million of taxpayer money going to waste in a closet. trying to get action tonight. >>> hidden world, the closed life of the amish, is it finally exposed and is there really an amish mafia? >> good evening. as we begin tonight, the clock is ticking on u.s. military action in syria. the white house says a decision is near and u.s. war ships are in position. and the rest of the world is also joining the debate about what kind of action and exactly when. the goal, to stop a man using brutal chemical weapons 5,000 miles away. abc's martha raddatz has it all from the middle east. >> reporter: he is the man at the center of this horror. a brutal dictator who the vice president said today is undeniably responsible for gassing his own innocent people. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical w
the people blog on the washington post website and martha burke, the money editor of ms. magazine and producer and host of "equal time with martha burke." you look too young to have been there. lynn, i want to ask you what did being there on that important day 50 years ago mean to you as an african-american woman? >> on that day 50 years ago, it was just the most amazing experience i'd ever had in my 16 years. you have to look at it in retrospect, we sometimes see things that you didn't see then, and you have to remember that at the point the people converged on washington, we as a community were off of a very hard fought battle in birmingham, in albany george. >>, in mississippi, in alabama, people were struggling to have the right to citizenship, the right to vote, the right to public accommodations. people were being jailed and this was a culmination of those efforts to come to washington and petition the federal government to intervene and insure that in fact all citizens have equal treatment. >> annie, you were there, too, 50 years ago. again, you were there today for the mar
atrocities in recent memory. our chief global correspondent martha raddatz was there. as a note to our viewers, this report includes a very disturbing and graphic image. >> reporter: the bodies sprawled across clinic floors, many of the victims children and even infants. others fighting for life, rescue crews trying to help them. victims frantically trying to get air, their bodies showing no other signs of injuries. no blood. >> the convulsions, we see a number of people, babies, pinpointing the people -- gurgling is usually consistent with a type of nerve agent. >> reporter: the rebel say that syrian troops fired rockets on these innocents, rockets carrying poisionous gas, they deny it was used, calling the claims baseless. but this weapons expert says that the video shows clear signs. >> the only explanation i can really see is this looks like this fellows nerves are being destroyed potentially by something like sarin. >> reporter: if verified, this would be one of the worst chemical attacks in decades, the syrian opposition claiming over a thousand killed, but the estimates vary. wh
children try on gas masks. martha raddatz is there. >>> tonight the yo-yo sale. our brian ross fighting to keep you from paying more money on a car you just bought. >> you sold her a car and now you want her to pay more for it. >> no. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight we have breaking news. the president has moved the nation one step closer to military action against syria. he said he is certain that the order to fire those chemical weapons came directly from the syrian government. and he seemed to leave little doubt that america is moving toward action. the mid east region is on a new kind of alert tonight and abc's martha raddatz is there in jerusalem. >> reporter: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt tonight in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, they will be held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at pre
at the beginning, exploring the life and times of martha washington. >> martha washington was george washington's confidant. >> she was a person very absorbed in duty and very capable. but she didn't like that. she called herself a prisoner of state. >> by the same token that every step washington took to find the office, so in a very real sense kit be said everything martha washington did like wise. >> it was a business-like relationship, but not i think without affection. i thinkth
. >> from abc news, a special edition of "this week" with martha raddatz in cairo. and jonathan karl in washington. starts right now. >>> good morning, george is off today. we're reporting from a region on the brink, and all eyes are on syria, where an apparent chemical weapons attack could lead to american military action. here in cairo, we're just 100 miles from the mediterranean sea where u.s. warships are now at the ready. this morning, officials tell abc news that u.s. navy destroyers now in the mediterranean could be used to carry out limited military strikes. cruise missile strikes, designed to deter or prevent another chemical attack by the assad regime. if this week's suspected attack is verified. >> this is clearly a big event. of grave concern. that starts getting to some core national interest that the united states has. >> president obama has so far been unwilling to militarily intervene in syria, despite the deaths of more than 100,000 people and a vow he made more than one year ago. >> that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences if we start
, but who gave that order and would this draw america into another conflict? abc's martha raddatz is in egypt tonight covering the region and the question, what happens now? >> reporter: after coming under repeated sniper fire, u.n. investigators donned helmets and bulletproof vests today and returned to the damascus suburbs to interview survivors of the horrific attack. this is the effect of chemicals, one doctor told the investigators, and tonight the u.s. secretary of state said the u.s. has little doubt that it is true. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: images from the attack are hard to watch. secretary kerry spoke about the hundreds, maybe thousands of innocents who were killed. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him, the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or a visible wound, bodies contorting in spasm
the crisis in syria and we begin with abc's chief global affairs correspondent, martha raddatz, with what the white house says are reasons something must be done. >> reporter: in the situation room this morning, the president's national security team huddled to discuss options in syria, and this afternoon, his secretary of state presented the most forceful case for a military strike to date. >> what we choose to do or not do, matters in real ways to our own security. some cite the risk of doing things. we need to ask, what is the risk of doing nothing? >> reporter: calling syria's president a thug and murderer who gassed his own people while they slept. kerry laid out detailed human intelligence, satellite tracking that showed rocket trajectory, communications intercepts and orders to syrian troops. >> we know that the syrian regime elements were told to prepare for the attack by putting on gas masks and taking precautions associated with chemical weapons. >> reporter: but it's the images and the stories from the survivors that are clearly the most compelling. and that number. 1,429. 1,42
for us. let me start with you, martha and ask you about the president's decision. we saw what happened in parliament yesterday, and david cameron, we know if we go, we go without the support of other countries, maybe france, that's it at the moment. martha, what kind of gamble is the president taking by waiting until congress comes back, debates and weighs in. >> well, i was surprised at what he said today, and giving this tell graphing of time. i think the congress should have been called back on the 22nd of september, the day after we knew that it happened. there are three concerns that we have very quickly. we've got to be sure that they aren't moving these chemical weapons, those are things we need to be aware of. we need to be assure that israel doesn't get attacked. finally, we really don't know what russia is going to do. and they have tried to play the good cop bad cop while they've been supporting hezbollah. there's a lot of questions that need to be asked, i don't think tell graphing the times is the best way to do it. >> this is not really a barm issue. this is an issue, and
and political will. we'll have more from washington in a few moments. but first back to the region, martha. >> thanks, jon. let's bring in colonel steve, a veteran fighter pilot who flew missions in the gulf war and was a deputy secretary of state. welcome, colonel. let's get to the question about the cruise missile strikes. the white house said there will be no boots on the ground. how would these work out of the mediterranean? >> there are a couple ways it could be done. one is by launching them from ships at sea out in the eastern mediterranean or from submari submarines. it's a long, 20-foot sort of flying torpedo, and has wings and a little jet engine that allows it to fly at low altit e altitudes over the sea. it can fly through mountain canyons and hit with accuracies where you can pick third window on the left. that is good. but we have to remember they're small warheads, and not a lot of these missiles. right up front, if it's low-risk, we're going to be prescribed in the amount of military force we can apply. >> one of the things we have talked to people about, is there might be
own people. martha is in the middle east with the latest. >> he is the man at the center of the horror. brutal dictator who the vice president said today is undeniably responsible for gasing his own innocent people. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for the heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. syrian regime. >> tonight there seems no question that the u.s. is ready to strike a punishing blow to assad. u.s. war ships in place. cruise ship at the ready target in syria selected. >> come ready to go like that. >> we are ready to go like tha that. >> but what might assad do in response? syrian regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas and large stock pile of a missiles and rocket and thousands of powerful asked missile that could reach any target in neighboring israel. today here in israel a run on gas mask. requests increasing fore foley. rael prime minister saying israel is ready for any scenario. and if we identify anything attempt whatsoever to harm us we will respond in strength. there is no one stronger in this region. nuclear armed israel has the mot
martha: man bitten by wolf? bill: yeah. martha: woman swimming with whales. very active show today, like "national geographic" today. bill: i will be in washington tomorrow. you're in new york on stand by for anything that happens. martha: i will be on bill o'reilly tonight. "happening now" starts right now >> i have a dream. jon: five decades after dr. martin luther king, jr. spoke at the lincoln memorial, president obama and other dignitaries will stand on the same steps to commemorate the march on washington, the same steps where dr. king delivered his "i have a dream" speech to a quarter of a million people and thousands are expected to gather there today. we will have much more on today's events throughout our time on the air. >> top story now. a fox news alert. preparations for a strike on syria. right now u.s.-led air or missile strikes, they're looking all but certainty point. the timing is still unclear but the obama administration is working out we're told all the details. the u.n. security council, set for a showdown. and britain is saying it will put forward a resolutio
to be a matter of whether the u.s. will strike syria but when. abc's martha raddatz is in the region this morning and has the latest on the crisis in syria. >> reporter: he is the man at the center of the horror, a brutal dictator who the vice president said is undeniably responsible for gassing his own innocent people. >> there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria -- the syrian regime. >> reporter: there seems no question that the u.s. is ready to strike a punishing blow to assad. u.s. warships are in place, cruise missiles at the ready, the targets in syria selected. >> if the order comes, you are ready to go -- like that? >> we are ready to go like that. >> reporter: what might assad do in response? the syrian regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas and large stock piles of sarin. add to that 100,000 missiles and rockets including thousand of powerful scud missiles which could reach any target in neighboring israel. here in israel, a run on gas masks, requests increasing fourfold. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu saying israel is ready fo
, a continuing resolution to fund the government expiring -- martha, i'm wondering if you can talk about what the obama administration is proposing in early childhood, what the administration is wanting to see , and maybe how they are working to get congress to take up these issues when it is hard to get funding bills going at this point. >> one thing to be clear -- the cuts in headstart and sequestration in general were very much not the administration's plan. you're very much trying to put ourselves on a path to reverse that. moreover, our plan for early education is very much one of investment. investment in head start, not only making sure that programs can keep up with the cost of inflation and not have to make choices that were described, but also to build out a new early head start childcare partnership so some of the best things about head start can be brought to the broader childcare subsidy system and we can raise the quality of early childhood for those infants and toddlers. we have proposed a large investment in home visiting, which is in place right now, but the money is temporar
martha: the guy might have walked into dixon's car. bill: that is tough way to prove your point. martha: we missed you. we'll see "happening now" right now. bill and i will being back tomorrow. jon: we begin with this fox news alert on three major developing stories, each with the potential to take a dramatic turn at any moment. first, our defense secretary chuck hagel just outlined the framework under which america could take military action in syria this as calls grow to forcefully respond to evidence that the assad regime killed hundreds of its own people with chemical weapons. >>> the wildfire the size of the chicago raging in and around a cherished american landmark, the yosemite national park but the rim fire poses a threat to hundred of thousands of residents in san francisco and it is a 150 miles away. we'll tell you about that. >>> sentencing for the army major convicted of killing 13 people in the fort hood shooting massacre the will nidal hasan get life in prison or the death penalty. but first right now, brand new stories. >> inyou had concluding this one, jon, buste
the capital for his summer vacation. he arrived if martha's vineyard after his first full press conference in more than three months. and he made news on the government surveillance program, relations with russia, and our war against al qaeda. he is not senator john mccain, republican leader on national security who just returned from the mideast joins us now from arizona. senator, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thank you, chris. >> president obama said friday he wants to reform the government's surveillance program. add safe guards. make the whole program more transparent. republican congressman pete king, a member of the house intelligence committee, said this. that he called it a monumental failure of war time leadership. senator mccain was right. >> i think it's pretty clear that there's been failures throughout that have led to mr. snowden now being granted asylum in russia. there is now a large percentage of americans, particularly young americans, who view mr. snowden as some kind of a whistleblower when we know he betrayed his oath of office. there is some young that believe h
-day vacation on martha's vineyard where he played six rounds of golf. that sounds like fun to me. let's hope a few unattended matters don't spoil his mood as he returns to the oval office. first egypt does appear to be falling apart. he might think about that a bitp and actually do something. syria, besides cut off aid, if he has, but which he denies so we don't know. but we'll learn more i'm sure in time. and syria, where he wanted to get the heck out of there. the syrian mess is worsening. the death toll at more than 100,000. no prospects of any kind of negotiated peace. and no one's been held accountable, of course, in the benghazi scandal, the terrorist attack which four americans died, more than 11 months ago. secretary of state kerry says everything is for state department officials who have been placed on paid administrative leave and reassigned and unemployment. this is his order, not ours, because this would be my number one, unemployment. unemployment rates did rise in 28 states last month. we need to get this great vibrant free enterprise capitalist economy going. mr. president, y
certain, martha packed up her belongings and brought her children here. the plan was to get on a bus that would take them the thousand kilometers to south sudan where she was born. she says she thought she would be here a week. that was three years ago. she is still here waiting for that bus along with thousands of others. >> translator: we have no food. i earn about $0.50 a day doing domestic work. i'm waiting for anything to take me back. a truck, a bahs. i would even go by plane. >> reporter: when south sudan gained independence, thousands of refugees lost their citizenship rights and jobs. they were expected to leave. at first the governments of sudan and south sudan supported the cost of transport, but then the money ran out. since the money ran out, those lost in the queue have been stranded here. the terrible conditions they have been living in, have been made worse in the recent flooding, but the help they really want is for the money to 2r5 travel south. >> reporter: in the meantime south sudan has closed the roads. so now they will have to go by plane. the estimated cost fo
by defense attorneys in the courtroom. here now to tell us what happened, martha -- you interviewed john roberts covering a trial for us. what did the attorneys do? >> basically the defense attorneys tried to pick apart this woman's credibility. they are saying because she takes different drugs for psychological issues that her credibility is in question. they say she misidentified elkins after the first time she identified him. the fact is -- and this is what the judge brought to everyone's attention -- it doesn't matter if this woman is a perfect mother or a monster. what's happening is these young men are being held on trial for the murder of this child. it's all about the murder of the child. >> is there any dispute about the eyewitness testimony that elkins shot the baby? >> not so far. the first defense witness was called today. 21-year-old of the woman. >> is there more than the woman who saw elkins shoot the baby? >> two witnesses. one said she had trouble seeing over the bushes. it's the mother's story. >> that's why they are trying to slime the mother. elkins said he didn't do
this one. we're talking to the guys of one direction next. first let's check in with martha. how are you? what's coming up at the top of the hour? >> thank you so much. coming up at the top of the hour, it's good to see you. bill is in d.c i'm here in new york. we obviously are going to be on top of the serious story, what will the president decide to do? is a shot across the bow the wisest move here? we'll talk to a woman who spent a lot of time on the ground in syria advising u.s. senators about what to do. we'll see you coming up at the top of the hour [ male announcer ] even ragu users a. chose prego traditional over ragu traditional. prego?! but i buy ragu. [ thinking ] i wonder what other questionable choices i've made. [ pop muzak plays ] [ sigh of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. [ sigh of r♪lief ] ♪ i've got something for you too. (announcer) fancy feast delights with cheddar. a meal that is sure to delight your cheese lover. now available in the classic form she loves. fancy feast. the best ingredient is love. >> gretchen: quick headlines now. familie
sequestration. >> martha coven, associate director for education and community and labor at the office of management and budget which is part of the executive office of the president. so we on behalf of the present over to the budget for the number of federal agencies including education. the ministry for children and families at hhs where the head start progress. >> i'm the director of policy and planning at the office of head start within the department of health and human services and the start of the early childhood career 20 years ago in head start agency in brooklyn. so i'm really happy to be here today. >> i'm sharon parrott from the center on budget and policy priorities were on the vice president's budget policy and economic opportunity. this is the second go-round for me at the center on budget and just prior to returning in november i worked for secretaries and police at the department of health and human services. >> i'm michael duncan managing director for economic policy at the center for american progress where my work focuses on the federal budget, deficits and debt. >>
sequestration. >> i'm martha covan the associate director for -- office of manage and budget which is part of the executive oversee the budget of a number of federal agencies including education, the administration for children and families at hhs where the head start program is. >> hi cay within the department hhs hhs and i started my early childhood career twenty years ago in a head start agency in brooklyn. so i'm really happy to be here today. i'm sharon from the center on budget and policy priorities. where i'm the vice president of budget policy and economic opportunity. this is a second go around for me at the center budget and friar returning in november, i worked for secretary inteel yous -- inteem use. >> i'm the manager director my work mostly focuses on the federal budget, deficits, and debt. >> great. i was wondering for we could start with you. we heard the numbers that have been mentioned in introduction about the over 57,000 slots that vitamin be lost. i wonder if you might be able to drill down a little bit more to that. i know, that the office of head start has some addit
their nine-day get away to martha's vineyard. he hold a meeting with regulators as he decides to who pick as next chairman of the federal reserve. >> meantime, the white house began installing solar panels on the first family residence. last week, the obama administration pledged in 2010 to put solar panels on the white house as a sign of the president's commitment to clean energy. not the first time the solar panels have been on the roof, of the white house. president jimmy carter had an array of them put up in the late '70s. president ronald reagan had them removed back in 1986. >> speaking of the white house, the executive mansion was the setting for hollywood's latest block buster "the butler." shot at the top, shot to the top of the weekend box office now -- not without controversy. a couple from silver spring, maryland, publicly took to twitter to complain about what they thought was racial profiling at their local regal cinema. >> they had what i thought were bullet-proof vests, they had side arms, they had a badge that was sewn into their, into their shirt. they looked serious. >>
's martha raddatz is in the region. >> reporter: after coming under sniper fire, u.n. investigators donned helmets and bulletproof vests and returned to the damascus suburbs to interview survivors of the horrific attack. this is the effect of chemicals one doctor told the investigators and the u.s. secretary of state said the u.s. has little doubt that is true. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: images from the attack are hard to watch. secretary kerry spoke emotionally about the hundred, maybe thousands of innocents who were killed. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child. wailing, while chaos swirled around him. the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound. bodies contorting in spasms. human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. >> reporter: such strong word from top u.s. officials leave little doubt the u.s. plans military action
. abc's martha raddatz has the latest. >> reporter: thousands of syrians fleeing damascus as president obama leaves no doubt in an interview with pbs that syria's president assad has crossed a red line. >> when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they're held accountable. >> reporter: the president said he has not yet made a decision to strike, but if one is launched, it would be aimed at preventing another chemical attack, not in taking sides in syria's bloody civil war. there are dozens of potential targets. but likely, top among them, facilities storing vehicles which could launch chemical weapons like this storage depot near damascus. >> the president wants to prevent assad from using chemical weapons on his people again, but he can't hit the chemical weapons storage sites directly. >> reporter: if the u.s. wants to take aim at assad's military, it could strike the vital mezze airfield. or american missiles could lock on a symbolic target that would send a strong message to assad like the ministry of defense in damascus.
could grow down. >> do it with girlfriends and it would be fair and balanced. martha: that is not good. gregg, we'll see you tomorrow. "happening now" starts right now. have a good day. jon: brand new stories and breaking news. he clear ad background check without any warning bells. a former flight attendant with a history of trouble pleads guilty to making bomb threats. how did he slip through the cracks? >>> from hollywood to behind bars how this 1970s teen star is in big trouble with the law. >>> what is the secret to a healthy life. study on super agers and remarkly healthy looking brains. it is all "happening now." jon: but first, major developments out of egypt where ousted leader hosni mubarak has been released from jail. a move that could further divide a country already in crisis. good morning to you, i'm jon scott. >> i'm heather childers in for jenna lee. good to be here. jon: good to have you here, heather. >> mubarak was transported by hello cop from this prison to a military hospital in cairo. from there we're told he will be placed under house arrest. his release threate
it a great day. martha: looking forward to that. "happening now" starts right now. see you back here tomorrow. >> fox news alert on rapidly building momentum for a u.s. military response in syria. one defense department official telling fox news not a matter of but when the obama administration leaving no doubt that american armed forces can easily hit targets inside syria. military officials telling fox that planned operations may include the use of cruise missiles or possibly even stealth bombers. over the next couple of hours we'll have extensive coverage and analysis about thetial american intervention in this crisis and moments from now, we'll go live to the middle east for a report. but first, right now, brand new stories and arizona inmate taking the witness stand in the trial of a fellow prisoner. >> accuse of brutal murder of a oklahoma couple. how credible is a prisoner as a witness? should prosecutors depend on inmates to prove their case? >>> plus the ongoing protests in wisconsin's capitol turning violent when police tackle and restrain a demonstrator. the question is, did they g
. that's why we're in washington. we'll see you back there tomorrow. martha: we'll see you then. "happening now" starts right now >> brand new stories and breaking news. jon: big questions how the u.s. will handle the growing crisis in syria. u.s. navy destroyer heading toward the eastern mediterranean. that will bring total of the destroyers to five. one of america's closest allies says a military strike is not says a military strike is not . >>> one recalling the obamacare process a train wreck. >>> sometimes you need the burger fast. could a strike get between you and your big mack today? emac has the answer. e its is "happening now." 10. jon: good morning to you the white house is working to bolster case on syria. there could be days before there is any action. hello, i'm jon scott. >> jon, great to be with you. i'm alisyn camerota in for jenna today. u.s. officials gather intelligence to justify military action against the assad regime. jon: just yesterday president obama said there is no doubt the syrian government carried out last week's chemical attack killing hundreds o
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